Don Huonker is senior vice president of global projects for Walgreen Co., based in Deerfield, Ill.
Huonker leads a joint Walgreens/Alliance Boots global sourcing office to drive increased buying scale and efficiency in the indirect spend area. He also oversees strategic sourcing for Walgreens.
Huonker began his Walgreen career in 1995 as a management trainee in St. Louis. He became a store manager in 1996 and a district manager in Houston in 1998. From 2001 to 2002 he was on special assignment at the corporate office working with Store Systems IT and on the SIMS Plus inventory system.
He became a director of store operations in 2002, where he was instrumental in helping coordinate development of processes and systems for drug store operations.
He was named a vice president of store operations in 2003. In 2005, he was named vice president of pharmacy services and, among other duties, was responsible for all third party billing and all of the pharmacy systems that support the stores.
He was promoted to corporate vice president of pharmacy services in 2006 and to senior vice president of healthcare innovation in 2007, during which time he was responsible for all pharmacy technology and developing new health information technology, with emphasis on electronic prescribing and integration of technology across the different business units. In 2010 he was named senior vice president of Process Improvement where he was responsible for strategic sourcing, continuous improvement, consulting, project management and corporate cost reduction initiatives.
Prior to joining Walgreens, Huonker was employed by United Parcel Services for 16 years.
He received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1984 and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Louis Webster University in 1999.
He has been a member of SureScripts Board of Directors since 2008.